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Category: Turtle Log

General updates on the life of my turtles.

1/2 of the Russian Tortoise habitat project is in

Today I received 1/2 half of the items I’ve ordered to complete the Russian Tortoise habitat. They are two Fluker’s 5.5″ ceramic dome lamp, a 24″ Exo-Terra Repti-Glo 10.0 UVB fluorescent bulb and ZooMed’s Aquasun Aquarium Controller. Expected delivery by Monday is the other 1/2 of the package, which consists of a 30″ fluorescent strip light (to enclose and power…

Russian Tortoise habitat build update

A small update on the Russian Tortoise habitat which I’ve temporarily placed on hold due to my finals at Cal Poly Pomona, spring break and first two week at a new career. I’ve finalized the parts needed to complete this build. Enclosure by Show Case Cages Rather than building an enclosure from scratch or using a glass terrarium, I’ll be…

Russian tortoise habitat in progress

A few articles back, I wrote about my plans for revamping the habitat for our red eared sliders and putting the Russian tortoise habitat in the backburner until mid spring. Because the planning, costs and logistics required to create the habitat I envisioned for my red eared sliders will be quite involved and the construction process being highly meticulous, I’m…

Custom aquatic turtle wet / dry filter schematic

I’ve taken a few minutes of my spare time to dissect grifloki’s (see previous entry) custom wet / dry filter build and constructed a diagram of the diassembled filtration system and identified its components. This is for those who want to build a similar system. I modified the filtration elements to include two lighting grates that sandwiches a custom polyester…

Some research, some rough sketch of the future red-eared slider vivarium

I’ve done some more indepth research on custom sumps and wet/dry filter setups and designs through various aquarium hobbyist and reef keepers’ web sites. I’ve gained a lot of valuable knowledge while researching and then I came acrossgrifloki’s YouTube channel where he demonstrates a fully customized turtle tank using the mechanics I’ve described. After reviewing grifloki’s video and researching various sump…